Nov 9th 2009 4:23PM I have never leased a car in my life. It is the most expensive way to have the "privilege" of driving a new car with nothing to show for it in the end. Where else can you pay sales tax on an item that you aren't purchasing? Most of the time I buy a two or three year old low mileage car that has already seen the biggest hit in depreciation. I drive them for five or six years and go on to another. The cost of repairs is never as much as payments on a new car, the insurance is less, and I am in control of the situation. If a great buy comes along on another used car, I have the freedom to get out of the old car even if I still have a small loan against it. I don't need a car for business, and I don't have someone or something like a company to make the lease payments for me. Except for a mortgage on your primary home or an investment property, debt is not acceptable. The money I save by not having to lease and maintain that new car frees up money for other things like hobbies and travel, or investments. People tell me they like the security of a new car and low likelyhood of a breakdown. If you properly maintain a car of any age, you will have very few unexpected problems. When all is said and done, It comes down to getting from point A to point B. My current daily driver, a 1998 Cadillac with 69K miles, does just that in comfort and reliability. I'm sure the 1993 Taurus will do that too !
Oct 4th 2009 12:14AM Boo Hoo! Another celebrity with too much money and time on their hands!
Sep 17th 2009 11:53AM I lost my job in retail last June, and it was a job I took because I could not find anything else. I have "tweeked" my resume to the point of lying so it would appeal to a wider range of employers. Unfortunately the only responses I get when I post my resume are from companies that want you to sell financial and investment products strictly on commission. I have applied to all the retail chain store giants for jobs that I would gladly take but would be grossly overqualified, with no results. I'm begining to think I may never work again, and will have to continue on public assistance. I use to own property, had income from rental properties, and made a decent living selling Real Estate and working for a Title Insurance Firm. Now I live with my elderly parents, am on Medicaid and recieve food stamps as I have no assets (thank you Real Estate crash). When my unemployent runs out will I have to go on welfare until 2019 when I can start to collect my meager Social Security?
When looking for a job, it's the same old story: forget the resume and your qualifications. It's who you know and not what you know.
Aug 25th 2009 5:05PM IT'S ABOUT TIME! Everyone, not just teens, needs to watch this video. I live in New York state, where supposedly it is illegal to talk on the phone unless it is hands free or text while driving. Obviously, from what I see driving around town, this law is NOT enforced at all! The penalties should be so severe for texting or talking while driving that no one would do it. The technology is there to stop this behavior and should be used. Also, many teens nowadays are not taught the basics of good driving. Schools have cut driver ed from budgets, and too many one and two parent households are so busy trying to earn a living that they don't take the time to teach their children how to drive responsibly. What is so important that it requires an immediate response to a text message or voice mail that it can't wait till you get to your destination??? Stop endangering the lives of everyone around you, put down the phones and DRIVE !!!
Aug 25th 2009 4:54PM Get Real! He's complaining that he doesn't have a 9-5 job AND is making $75K an episode ? I'm unemployed, and for the first time in my life I had to sign up for Medicaid and food stamps as unemployment pays about one third of what I was earning. I would gladly trade places with Jon and make the best of it!
Jun 16th 2009 9:47PM A potential employer will not consider a candidate who cannot spell or use proper grammer. I cannot believe the number of times I have read e mails or memos from co workers who continue to mispell words and use improper grammer. Most recently I noticed a handwritten sign at the local Home Depot using "you're" (the contraction for you are) instead of the proper "your". Other incorrect but common mistakes are the incorrect use of "to" and "too", and "their" and "they're". This is basic grammer and spelling.